Please review the application requirements here to ensure you meet program deadlines. The law student will work on the Disability Advocacy Project. The law student will provide outreach, education, and facilitate access to legal and social welfare resources to Peruvian sheepherders in Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties. Recruited from Peru through the federal guest worker program, these workers are deliberately isolated from local communities, subjected to exploitation and abuse, and have little if any legal recourse.
Rural Summer Legal Corps
Rising St. To prepare for the program, Equal Justice Works and Legal Services Corporation actively recruited law students to fill 30 positions nationwide. Selected participants begin the summer with intensive training from poverty law experts on housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, Native American, and family law. After the training, the law students return directly to their host site to continue their week placement. These students will travel to Martinsburg, West Virginia to gain firsthand experience and training on the unique challenges and benefits of working with legal clients in a rural setting.
Individuals needing legal help in rural communities often find themselves at a disadvantage, including having to travel hundreds of miles to find legal aid, according to RSLC. The class of Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellows includes students from 30 law schools who will work at 31 LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations across the country, providing legal assistance to people in rural areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the Student Fellows will work remotely to support the efforts of their host organizations, helping clients virtually through video conferencing, online intakes, and over phone and email. Each summer, Equal Justice Works partners with Legal Services Corporation to offer law students experience in a potential career and support civil legal aid organizations working to meet the needs of their community.
Selected from an applicant pool of , Garcia and Wilson are two of the 35 law students who will serve in the class of Rural Summer Legal Corps and help address the effects of COVID in rural communities across the nation. Program participants—or Student Fellows—have the unique opportunity to explore their passion for public interest while gaining valuable legal skills and experience at LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Student Fellows will work remotely this year to support the efforts of their host organization. Farage Professor of Law Danielle M. She applied to the Rural Summer Legal Corps through Equal Justice Works because they provide legal services to communities like the community where she grew up.